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Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Ask The Candidates!

The election between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama may shatter voter turnout records. Even so, since 1945, less than half of all Americans have voted, and today the United States ranks 139 out of 172 in voter participation. Sign our petition to ask moderator Tom Brokaw to ask the candidates about America’s voting system at the 10/7 debate! (more…)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Another Reason To Vote On Weekends

Driving on Election Day

Driving on Tuesday Election Day may be hazardous to your health, so says NPR’s health policy correspondent Patti Neighmond. A new report by Dr. Donald Redelmeier in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates all of the rushing associated with our Election Day, smack in the middle of the work week, increases the likelihood of disabling or fatal accidents that’s why is handy to have an accident lawyer in contact for these occasions, which you can contact via http://www.accidentlawyerdallastx.com.

Redelmeier studied the U.S. in particular, he says, because this country maintains excellent statistics on vehicle crashes, noting exactly what time of day, when, where, vehicle, type and other information. He compared the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on Election Day Tuesday to the Tuesdays before and after.

His research revealed an 18 percent increase in motor vehicle deaths on voting day. “This equaled about 24 people [deaths] per election,” Redelmeier says, adding that “this was remarkably consistent across different locations and years.”

Redelmeier also found that about 800 more people suffered disabling injuries as a result of the crashes. These injuries and deaths far outnumber those reported during times associated with an increase in drinking and driving, such as Super Bowl Sunday and New Year’s Eve. Unlike on those days, Redelmeier says, alcohol didn’t seem to be an issue on voting day. And the crash rate didn’t increase in the evening, when people might be more likely to drink.

It may just be that emotions run high on voting day, he says. “There’s an election going on — everybody’s talking about it, paying attention to polls when maybe they should be paying more attention to driving.”

In the end, Redelmeier can’t say exactly why people crashed. He thinks they may have been speeding, trying to fit voting into hectic schedules. Research has already shown speeding significantly increases the risk of car accidents and deaths.

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So the message for American voters on Election Day is this: Keep your eye on the road — and slow down.

How’s this for an alternate message? Maybe we should vote on the weekend or a National Holiday, when Americans aren’t as pressed for time.

Don’t know why we vote on Tuesday? Click here for the answer.

You can watch Barack Obama tell us what he thinks about voting on Tuesday by clicking here. And you can watch John McCain talk about what he thinks about Tuesday voting by clicking here.

Car under American flag photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Bail Out Our Voting System

We all know what the headline of the day is today.

AP Bailout Headline

In the late summer of 1939, there was another attempt to stimulate the economy. The Associated Press reported that President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from his “boyhood Summer cottage,” had decided to move the date of Thanksgiving up one week at the request of “many persons, most of them retailers.” Take a look at the article below.

FDR Thanksgiving

If we can move Thanksgiving for the convenience of retailers, what about moving Election Day for the convenience of voters?

Don’t know why we vote on Tuesday? Click here for the answer.

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Vote By Tweet

According to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College, 28 states allow no-excuse absentee voting by mail, including Oregon, where everybody votes by mail. Well, some of the folks that will be dropping their ballots in the mailbox this year (or already have) are abuzz on Twitter about their unique way, and lack of specific day, to vote. I’ve been following and tweeting about it all morning. Check it out.

Twitter Search

Voting by mail isn’t universally lauded as a solution to America’s low voter participation, however. As I explored when I visited the main postal sorting facility in Los Angeles, vote-by-mail may cut out one part of the American voting system that many people have come to rely on: the secret ballot.

* 9/23 UPDATE: Other cool Twitter voting searches I’ve been doing are early voting, voting early, and absentee ballot.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Announcing The Ultimate College Bowl!

We’re pleased to announce the Ultimate College Bowl, the ultimate voter registration drive, with an unprecedented group of partners, including MySpace. Our goal is for every US college student to register and vote in the 2008 election. (more…)

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Brokaw, Olbermann on Why Tuesday?

While I was at the Democratic National Convention earlier this week, some of you told us that Tom Brokaw of NBC News spoke on-air about Why Tuesday? and our efforts to make the state of America’s voting system an issue our elected officials cannot afford to avoid. Well, I found the clip! (more…)

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Patrick, France is a post-Christian secular country. Relatively few of them attend church, and voting on Sunday does not interfere with their religious practices, because most of the population is not religious...

Posted by John on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

In France they last voted on a Sunday. France is despite the Bourbon legacy a largely Catholic country, yet they vote on Sunday...

Posted by Patrick on blog post Why Do We Vote On Tuesday?

I think weekend voting would make the most sense, as people wouldn't have tu run home after work or wake up early to hit the polling stations beforehand.

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